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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Sharing God's Gifts

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Here I am at the grand piano in the sanctuary of Calvary Lutheran Church, Charleston, SC. In my music ministry, I often travel with my own digital piano. So, it is always  a real treat  to minister from one of these beautiful instruments in one of God's family rooms!

Speaking of special occasions, August, 2015 marked the third anniversary of the Friends of Bar-Timaeus Christian Outreach for the Blind. This unique experience of worship and fellowship is the only one of its kind in South Carolina and one of 50-plus throughout the United States. On a Friday evening each month, blind and visually impaired persons from the greater metro area of Charleston are invited to Calvary Lutheran Church to enjoy a delicious, hot, home-cooked meal, a time of prayer, singing, devotions, networking and fellowship in a safe, nonthreatening environment. Because many who are blind live on a very limited income, these meetings are intentionally scheduled near the end of the month.

As part of my outreach, it has been my joy to assist in the establishment and maintenance of the Friends of Bar-Timaeus. Recently my sister in Christ, Audrey Gunter, her guide dog Jessie and I were guests for Sunday worship at Calvary Lutheran Church, to bring a message in music and to encourage the Calvary family in this ministry of shining God's Light. I believe that one of the greatest gifts which can be given to anyone with a disability is the gift of dignity. Even as our Savior asked Bar-Timaeus what he wanted, the people of Calvary Lutheran Church continue to reflect Christ's love as they reach out to the community

Thank God and thank you, reading this article, for your ongoing prayers and support. Together, we can help keep God's Light shining!

Be sure to stay tuned for more posts like this one. Until next time, God bless you and keep His Song in your heart.

© 2015 by Laurel Jean Walden

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God has blessed me with a Music Ministry that is still ongoing and growing after twenty-plus years. This includes my outreach promoting Braille Literacy in the Christian venue, and my recently-founded Children's Chaplaincy for blind youth. To make things a bit more interesting, I have also been blind since birth. I consider my blindness to be a unique gift from God, an opportunity to serve as an ambassador among blind and sighted folks of all ages, on all walks of life. To learn more about my work, from South Carolina to Central Illinois and beyond, please visit my Web site, and be sure to stay tuned to my Blog!